People's Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green
G40 1AT




0141 554 0223


0141 550 0892

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The People's Palace is Glasgow's social history museum and a chance to see the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present.

You can see paintings, prints and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artefacts, film and computer interactives.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Admission charges

Free. Some charges may apply to temporary exhibitions. Please visit website for further details.

There is: dancing and holidaying; home life during the Second World War; and a trip to the steamie to get the clothes washed. Visit the 'single end' and discover how a family lived in this typical one-room Glasgow tenement family home of the 1930s. See the amazing banana boots worn by Billy Connolly on stage in the 1970s. Have a look at the Glassford family portrait and find out the history of this painting of a tobacco lord and his family and why one figure was painted out. Discover the political history of the city through some of the superb and unique banners on display.

On the top floor is the Glasgow history painting series made by artist Ken Currie in 1987. The series commemorates the massacre of the Calton Weavers, which marked the birth of the trade union movement and visually presents the political history of working class struggle in the city.

Attached to the People's Palace is the elegant Victorian glasshouse -the Winter Gardens -where you can relax among the tropical plants and enjoy the café. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year. The People’s Palace sits at the heart of the historic Glasgow Green by the River Clyde. A major renewal project is ongoing: follow the vehicle diversion signs during 2003

Collection details

Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Red Road: Past, Present, Future

  • 28 February — 4 May 2014 *on now

Come along to see Red Road - Past, Present and Future, now on until 4th May. This display explores the impact of those iconic high rise flats. Funded by Glasgow Housing Association and Glasgow Life, it features artworks and commentary created by the Red Road communities, in response to the rise and fall of the city’s most visible tower blocks.

The exhibition asks what should be collected and preserved from the Red Road flats for the future, and also what visitors would like to see on display at the People’s Palace in the 21st century. Come and join the discussion – tell us the stories you want to see at the Palace.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Fred A. Farrell – Glasgow’s War Artist. From Home Front to Front Line in WW1

  • 30 May — 23 November 2014

Powerful sketches and watercolours by Glasgow City’s official war artist, illustrating life in France and Flanders and in the munitions factories at home.

GENERATION: Beagles and Ramsay

  • 27 June — 29 September 2014

A national exhibition for 2014, celebrating the wealth of contemporary art that has developed in Scotland, over the last 25 years. Over 60 venues are participating in this unique programme. Please find further details at

GENERATION 25 years of contemporary Art: Works from Glasgow Museums Collection - Beagles and Ramsay

  • 27 June — 29 September 2014

John Beagles and Graham Ramsay have worked together as a collaborative duo since 1996. Their work ranges from sculpture, photography and painting, to video and performance art. This installation was bought by Glasgow Museums in 2010 with the assistance of the Art Fund. (logo)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Doulton Fountain Glasgow

Glasgow Victorian Landmarks

  • 20 April 2014 1-3pm *on now

Inspired by the Doulton fountain this month's holiday and weekend programme we will be looking at the great Victorian landmarks across our city. See the website further listings and for more information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Talk of the Steamie – Journeys to Glasgow by Curator John Messner

  • 21 June 2014

Hear the story of how immigrants from India and Pakistan came to Glasgow in the 1950s and 60s and found work with the transport department.